"Fun must be a big element
No one should have a job they don't enjoy. If you don't wake up
energized and excited about tackling a new set of challenges, then
you might be in the wrong job."
job is to make sure that his/her team is
– while they're being productive."
5 Strategic Questions
Never allow your company to take itself too seriously
"As I went to bigger pieces of
GE, I found bigger
bureaucracies, layers and all that stuff and it wasn't friendly,"
Jack Welch. "Business was very serious-turf-boxes. Business isn't
that. Business is
excitement and celebrations, all those things."
is about making business more fun: “There are several themes you’ll hear
again and again: the
team with the best players
wins, so find and retain the best players; don’t overbrain things to the
point of inaction; no matter what part of a business you’re in,
learning relentlessly; have a
positive attitude and spread it around; never let yourself be a
victim; and for goodness sake – have fun.”
Take swings, have
Welch's "Authentic Leadership Model" included such
success factors and traits as having a sense of humor,
having fun, and having infectious enthusiasm. Welch's ultimate
advice to those who want to be managers: “Err on the side of the bold. …
Take swings, have fun.”
Find job that challenges
"Seek out jobs and assignments that
challenge your mind. You will never find out what you are truly capable
unless you have job that
When asked to give one important piece of advice for the new generation
of managers, Welch answered, "Do your thing. I mean have fun. Do what
you like. If you're doing something you don't like, get the hell out of
it. Go live and do things and reach for the moon all the time. Have fun
doing it and don't be afraid. Don't live in a box."
Remove anything that
makes people less excited about going to work.
Business should be about
and winning and
creating new things. It
doesn't have to be about slogging through bureaucracy and approvals and
all the other things that make work so depressing.
“Business is ideas and
fun and excitement and celebrations, and all those things.”
has to be fun.
For too many people, it's "just a job". Celebration is also a great way
energize an organization.